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Centre for Human Developmental Science

We carry out research and training in the study of human development from conception to adulthood.

Our research and training is focused on child development and adult health and we take a lifespan approach to the study of human development in social contexts.

We deliver an interdisciplinary research approach that unites a developmental science agenda from psychology with knowledge in education, health and social care, bringing contributions from policy and practice stakeholders across these sectors.

We work closely with intervention scientists and policymakers in Welsh Government and have the capacity to translate rigorous research into effective interventions and policy guidelines that can improve people’s quality of life.

Facilities

We are based in the Cardiff University Centre for Human Development Science (CUCHDS) - a state of the art facility containing specially designed laboratory space for studies of children and adults.

Our facilities include:

  • sensory room
  • observation labs
  • neuroimaging labs (EEG and fNIRS) or (electroencephalography and functional near-infrared spectroscopy)
  • Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit (NDAU)
  • Waterloo Foundation-funded unit for children referred with developmental issues
  • mobile eye tracking
  • dedicated teaching and research space.

CUCHDS has united already well-established research centres and programmes into one centre for better research collaboration. Key groups and programmes include:

The centre also offers new initiatives in developmental neuroscience and multidisciplinary studies of children’s well-being.

Impact

  • Through our Wales Adoption Cohort Study, we have provided evidence for the design, implementation and evaluation of the Adopting Together Service.
  • Computerised emotion training is now offered to 5-7 year olds who have come through the Neuro-Development Assessment Unit (NDAU) to improve psychosocial functioning in children with emotional and behavioural problems. It also is used in intervention and prevention programmes in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.

Centre Manager

Professor Katherine Shelton

Professor Katherine Shelton

Professor

Email:
sheltonkh1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 6093

Academic staff

Professor Jacky Boivin

Professor Jacky Boivin

Professor

Email:
boivin@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5289
Dr Chiara Gambi

Dr Chiara Gambi

Lecturer

Email:
gambic@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 8950
Dr Sofia Gameiro

Dr Sofia Gameiro

Senior Lecturer

Email:
gameiros@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5376
Professor Merideth Gattis

Professor Merideth Gattis

Email:
gattism@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0034
Dr Sarah Gerson

Dr Sarah Gerson

Senior Lecturer

Email:
gersons@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0480
Professor Dale Hay

Professor Dale Hay

Emeritus Professor

Email:
haydf@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6503
Andrea Higgins

Andrea Higgins

Lecturer

Email:
higginsa2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9003
Dr Catherine Jones

Dr Catherine Jones

Senior Lecturer

Email:
jonescr10@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0684
Dr Kate Langley

Dr Kate Langley

Senior Lecturer

Email:
langleyk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6259
Professor Sue Leekam

Professor Sue Leekam

Professor

Email:
leekamsr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 76604
Dr Ian Smillie

Dr Ian Smillie

Lecturer

Email:
smillie@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5474
Dr Ross Vanderwert

Dr Ross Vanderwert

Lecturer

Email:
vanderwertr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 8826
Professor Stephanie van Goozen

Professor Stephanie van Goozen

Professor

Email:
vangoozens@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 4630
Dr Elisabeth von dem Hagen

Dr Elisabeth von dem Hagen

Lecturer

Email:
vondemhagene@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0151
Dr Cerith Waters

Dr Cerith Waters

Lecturer

Email:
waterscs@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 70426

Study the psychological factors that cause and maintain emotional and behavioural problems in children.

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